September 21st 2017 | Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, London and Manchester

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About the event

Women into Leadership

Now in their tenth year, the annual Women into Leadership conferences have established themselves as the key events for all those interested in seeing leadership opportunities for women enhanced. Women into Leadership 2020 will examine how female leaders, at any grade, can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be.

This year's conferences will draw on feedback from previous Women into Leadership events, as well as discussions that took place at this years’ planning meeting. The conferences will offer hands-on advice and coaching on how to further develop your career in times of change. You will hear from inspirational women of all grades and levels, within and outside the Civil Service. You’ll discuss together how you can manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure the Civil Service doesn’t lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders.

Dates and Locations:

2020 Women into Leadership Locations are as follows:

Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Belfast, London & Manchester, 

Upcoming events:

Women into Leadership Birmingham | 12th March 2020

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Women into Leadership Edinburgh | 19th May 2020

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Women into Leadership Liverpool | 4th June 2020

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Women into Leadership Belfast | 16th September 2020

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Women into Leadership London | 8th October 2020

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Women into Leadership Manchester | 18th November 2020

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WiL speakers include:

  • Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade​​
  • Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, DCLG and Civil Service Gender Champion
  • Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government
  • Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport
  • Harriet Minter, Journalist, Broadcaster and Founder, Guardian's Women in Leadership section
  • Sarah Albon, Chief Executive, The Insolvency Service
  • Elan Closs Stephens CBE, BBC Board member for Wales & non-executive director, Welsh Government Board 
  • Kathy Barnes, Chief Executive, Defence Business Services, MOD
  • Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk to the National Assembly for Wales
  • Jazz Bhogal, Deputy Director, Civil Service Workforce Strategy and Inclusion, Cabinet Office
  • Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive, Equality Commission
  • Shaun McNally, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency
  • Poli Stuart Lacey, Director of Communications, HMRC
  • Gerri Clement, Deputy Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Defra & Co-chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network
  • Keela Shackell Smith, Executive Directors Office: Women's Network and Gender at Environment Agency
  • Louise Warde Hunter, Deputy Secretary, Housing, Urban Regeneration and Local Government, Department for Communities, Gender Diversity Champion, NICS & Chair, NICS Women’s Network
  • Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS West Midlands Region
  • Jason Ghaboos, Co-Chair, Home Office Gender Equality Network 
  • Navroza Ladha, Deputy Director, Digital Skills & Inclusion Policy, DCMS
  • Amanda Oates, Executive Director of Workforce, Mersey Care Foundation Trust
  • Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council
  • Jacqui Gavin, Inclusion & Cultural Manager, Cabinet Office
  • Carmel McKinney OBE, Chairperson, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

The benefits of attending Women into Leadership include the opportunity to:

  • Examine the barriers currently facing female leaders (and future leaders) in the Civil Service and hear how to overcome them
  • Hear from a diverse range of Senior Civil Servants, as well as inspirational leaders from outside of the Civil Service
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader
  • Design your own breakout session schedule, based on your own needs and aspirations
  • Learn how to be an effective leader
  • Network with peers and counterparts from across Government who are also contemplating furthering their career in the Civil Service


Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Belfast & Manchester rates:

Public sector rate: 1 place: £295 + VAT | 4 places or more: £250 + VAT
FDA/Keyskills member rate: 1 place: £195 + VAT
Others: 1 place: £695 + VAT

Registrations can be made online here

London rates:

Public sector rate: 1 place: £345 + VAT | 4 places or more: £295 + VAT
FDA/Keyskills member rate: 1 place: £245 + VAT
Others: 1 place: £745 + VAT

Registrations can be made online here

Who should attend?

Women into Leadership is aimed at all those who aspire to move into a leadership role or those already in a senior role looking to progress.